Textile designer Casey Dalene designs her fabrics to intentionally show an artist’s hand at work. For this, her debut fabric collection, she developed patterns first as paintings employing a technique known as dry brushing. With dry brushing, a small amount of paint is used resulting in a scratchy look. When the brush runs out of color, the texture of the bristles is revealed.
Example of Dry Brush Stroke. Black Acrylic Paint on Illustration Board.
Next, Casey fast forwarded to the latest technology and manipulated her designs using Photoshop to establish pattern repeat and scale. Samples were milled in Pennsylvania. Casey hung these all over her house to be sure they worked for drapery, upholstery and pillows.
In an article in the Sag Harbor Express, Casey says that one of her biggest inspirations is Abstract Expressionist art. That is one reason it is so apropos that Casey is based in East Hampton NY. It’s home to such abstract expressionist greats as Jackson Pollock, William de Kooning and Lee Krasner.
Casey explained that she is inspired by artists like Pollock because they were focused on materials (for Pollock it was the properties of paint) and not on a particular subject matter. For her its the brush stroke. Casey adds that her textiles reference “art, paintbrush, pen and drawing” and she believes that people are responding so well to her new collection because they like the fabrics’ hand crafted and hand painted qualities.
Of course another reason East Hampton is a perfect base for Casey is that the fabrics look smashing in homes by the sea.
Want a little bit of Casey’s textiles in your own home? Happily the fabric is not only available by the yard but also as pillows!
For more on how beautiful fabrics are made, click here.
Credits: I first learned about Casey via Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, a favorite summertime read on my Montauk deck! Visit Casey’s blog to read the complete article in the Sag Harbor Express.
First photo by Alana Leland from Casey’s website, bycasey.com. Second photo via Wikipedia. Third photo scanned from Hamptons Cottages & Gardens First collage, left photo, Casey’s website, right photo Alec Hemer for House Beautiful. Second collage, left photo by Catherine Gratwicke for UK Country Living, right photo via Casey’s website. Third collage, left photo by Anastassios Mentis for Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, right photo via Hamptons Cottages & Gardens.